Our Michigan team was founded in 2008 to serve the needs of child care businesses in the Detroit. The team has a deep understanding of the importance of early care and education’s impact on underserved communities, and has provided critical support to business owners in Southeastern Michigan.
Since 2008, the team and its work has grown to serve the entire state, providing support to family child care entrepreneurs and child care center business leaders in every corner of Michigan. Whether your business is just launching, or you have been in business for decades, our team has tools, resources and expertise to bring your business to its next phase of growth.
Caring for MI Future
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is leading a comprehensive, statewide effort – Caring for MI Future – to increase the number of licensed child care programs across the state. Caring for MI Future is a $100 million investment that will help more Michigan families find quality, affordable child care in their community by opening 1,000 new, or expanded, child care programs by the end of 2024. First Children’s Finance received $4 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act funding, awarded by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) as part of the Caring for MI Future initiative.
First Children’s Finance will be leading two initiatives focused on the sustainability and supply of Michigan child care: expanding the Rural Child Care Innovation Program to serve 6 more rural communities, and providing comprehensive business support services for emerging and existing child care businesses.
These projects are supported by funding provided from the Michigan Department of Education utilizing American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding, from the Office of Child Care, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Business Sustainability Services
FCF grows the supply and sustainability of excellent care. Our business development programs and services assist entrepreneurs to launch, stabilize, improve, and expand child care businesses. We approach child care leaders as entrepreneurs, increasing their capacity to start and operate financially sustainable child care businesses.
Child care businesses in Michigan are eligible to participate in a variety of trainings, workshops, cohorts, and individual consultation at no cost. To learn more, send an email to InfoMI@firstchildrensfinance.org.
Explore our website to register for trainings and webinars, workshops, seminars, Communities of Practice, and cohorts.
Rural Child Care Innovation Program
The Rural Child Care Innovation Program (RCCIP) is an innovative community engagement process designed to increase the supply of high-quality child care in rural communities. The purpose of RCCIP is to guide communities in identifying the scope and size of their child care challenges, and to empower and support communities to develop solutions to address these challenges.
Rural communities are selected through a competitive application process that will open in Fall 2022.
Building Rural Child Care
Child care is an economic driver for rural communities across the United States but many communities are facing shortages of high quality child care. Funded by the Michigan Department of Education, First Children’s Finance’s is working to increase the supply of rural child care across Michigan. Our rural initiative is an innovative community engagement process designed to increase the supply of high quality affordable child care in rural communities.
What Our Michigan Clients Are Saying
“Being in the Business Leadership Cohort was equivalent to several business college courses. It prompted my initiative to build our business plan. Breaking down the business plan simplified the process and eliminated the overwhelming aspect.
I particularly liked the break down of sessions because it allowed me, as a business owner, the time to absorb the information and apply it effectively. Overall, the training was beneficial because it allowed me to organize things. The fact that all business scenarios and material was directed toward early child care truly simplified things because we knew exactly where to apply the information.”
LaShawn Bridges, Child Care Entrepreneur, Blessed Beginnings
Projects: Blessed Beginnings Increases Financial Stability
Owner, Mrs. LaShawn Bridges of Blessed Beginnings Learning Center, LLC was faced with shoeboxes of receipts and loads of documents with no real system for managing her family child care business records. She felt like her business was operating fine but record keeping attempts was not a top priority. LaShawn applied for several grants within the community and received not one but two! She attributed the success of those grants to FCF helping her understand the importance of good record keeping, regularly reviewing financial information, and being comfortable talking about your financial needs as it relates to your business. First Children’s Finance first conducted a business assessment for LaShawn, and she enrolled in a cohort specific to the business providers on leadership development. FCF provides ongoing individual consultation and technical assistance.
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